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Why the True Jesus Church
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Adapted from Words of Life 10

The name True Jesus Church nearly always causes uneasiness in people who come across it. They reason, “Are there such things as true and false churches? If they are true, we must be false”. This is something which they cannot tolerate as they deem it to be sheer arrogance.

Not long after the Lord Jesus was born, His parents brought Him to Jerusalem where He was presented to the Lord as prescribed in the Law, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD” (Lk 2:23). A man called Simeon, inspired by the Holy Spirit said, “Behold, this child is set up for the fall and rising of many in Israel” (Lk 2:34).

Similarly, the appearing of the True Jesus Church in the world has caused many in Christendom to fall. They have despised her and looked upon her with contempt. But she has caused many to rise too. For some were humble enough to make an in-depth study and came to know her as the true church, despite the fact that the name of the True Jesus Church is still rejected by the majority.

Since misgivings revolve around the name of the church, it is necessary to explain the scriptural impetus for calling ourselves the True Jesus Church.


The word “church” is the English form of the Greek word “ekklesia” which means an assembly of people. In the biblical context it refers to the people whom God gathers out of the world to be consecrated to Him (Acts 20:28; Rev 5:9–10). The church is thus different from an ordinary secular organization since it is a people holy to God chosen out of all the peoples on earth.

Although the term “church” was not specifically used in the Old Testament, God separated the Israelites from other races. God's election of Israel in the Old Testament is a pre-figuration of the church in the period of the New Testament. By his own precious blood, the Lord Jesus has redeemed a multitude of believers, a holy nation, separated from the people of the world to become children of God (1 Pet 2:9–10). It follows then, that the church is a congregation and not a building.

We examine next why God builds the church on earth. Since Adam and Eve disobeyed the commandment of God, they were driven out of paradise. While they did not have total communion with God, they existed under the clutches of Satan, living a sinful life and heading toward destruction.

God in His mercy would not allow such an end to be the lot of the very creatures that He had carefully molded in His image. He intervened. He chose Abraham as the father of an elect out of many races and promised him that every family on the earth would be blessed on account of him (Gen 12:3). From Abraham’s seed, God chose the descendants of Jacob to be His chosen nation, the Israelites. But the Israelites sinned against God, were punished by Him, and a remnant returned to Judea.

In His time, God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world. Those whose sins are cleansed by the precious blood of Christ would receive the Holy Spirit as the guarantee of their heavenly possession. Such are blessed people who form the body of Christ and the household of God, and are citizens of the heavenly kingdom. They are to glorify God and to preach salvation to the people while on earth. The church henceforth would be from all who would be children of Abraham through baptism in Jesus’ name (Gal 3:27–29).


We have already established that the church is a congregation of chosen people redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. This fact provides the focal point as we examine the reason why the church must bear the name of Jesus.

1. The church is the body of Jesus and should bear His name

One of the expressions which best describes the peculiar nature and distinctness of the elect assembly is found in the Bible: “The church ... is His (Jesus’) body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Eph 1:22–23). A body is a mass of integrated members joined to the head. The Bible testifies, “He (Christ) is the head of the body, the church” (Col 1:18). Therefore the chosen people, being His body, must be identified with His name.
Moreover it is written,

              After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; so that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the LORD who does all these things. Known to God from eternity are all His works.

              (Acts 15:16–18)

Obviously it is the will of God for His chosen people to come under His name. The name of Jesus is God's own name (Jn 17:11,26). Thus, the church is called Jesus(’) Church (the church of God).

2. “Jesus” is the precious name by which men are saved from their sins

When the angel of God announced to Joseph that his fiancée Mary had conceived through the Holy Spirit, he added, “she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Mt 1:21).

As we can see from the book of Acts, the apostles clearly understood that the name “Jesus” saves people from sins. Hence they conducted baptism in this name (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5). Peter, their usual spokesman, exerted, “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

In this connection, the word “Christ” needs further explanation. Christ is not a person's name but a Greek word translated from the Hebrew “Messiah” meaning “the anointed”. It is a title and not a personal name. Since Jesus is the name of the only Savior, and the church is a congregation saved from sin, she should bear the name of Jesus as indication that she is saved by the same.

3. God will only bless the church which bears His name

The Lord said to Moses,

              An altar of earth you shall make for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and oxen. In every place where I record My name I will come to you, and I will bless you.

              (Ex 20:24)

The Lord God also told Moses that whenever he wanted to ask God of anything or make sacrifices, he must go to the place where the name of the Lord dwells (Deut 12:5,11). The church that is blessed, and whose offerings God accepts is the church that bears the name of God (Jesus). Paul says, “To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Eph 3:21).

4. The church is the bride of Jesus and must bear the name of Jesus

Paul compared the intimate relationship between Jesus and the church to that between husband and wife.

              For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.

              (Eph 5:23–25)

              ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

              (Eph 5:31)

Usually, when a woman marries a man, she adopts her husband's surname. For instance, if June gets married to Mr. Brown, she would be known as Mrs. Brown. This coincides with the biblical teaching that the wife belongs to her husband. The church is the bride of Jesus Christ and belongs to Him. The Lord refers to her during His earthly ministry as “My church”. Shouldn’t she bear the name of Jesus?


It may be acceptable if a church calls herself by the name of Jesus, but why True Jesus Church? Would it not suffice to simply call it Jesus’ Church or Church of Jesus?

1. The word “true” signifies the nature of God

The Bible repeatedly stresses that God is true (Jn 3:33; 7:28; 8:26; 17:3; Jer 10:10).
If the name of the church is prefixed by the word “true” we uphold God and at the same time proclaim that we “know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true ... the true God and eternal life” (1 Jn 5:20). We express our identity as the church of God, a name widely used in the apostolic period (Acts 20:28; 1 Cor 1:2; 10:32). Incidentally, it also conforms to the teaching that God is the head of Christ (1 Cor 11:3).

2. The significance of the word “true” in relation to Jesus

Jesus Himself said, “I am … the truth” (Jn 14:6); “I am the true vine” (Jn 15:1). The Bible also calls Him the “true light” (Jn 1:9). The need to differentiate the true from the false existed even then because our Lord Himself warned of “false christs” (Mt 24:24), and Paul discovered the preaching of “another Jesus” (2 Cor 11:4). So, is it an unwarranted and altogether foreign practice to place the word “true” before Jesus; i.e. “True Jesus”?

3. The significance of the word “true” in relation to the church

By placing the word “true” before the church it carries the meaning of true church. Such a denotation is necessary because false prophets have existed since the apostolic days and are even more active in this end-time. They would show great signs and wonders so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect (Mt 24:23–26). A careful comparison between the apostolic church and churches in our time would reveal that thousands have deviated from the gospel preached by the apostles. What qualifies a church to be true? The true church must meet the following criteria:

a.          She must have the presence of the Holy Spirit.

The Bible says anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. The church as Christ's body should be in-dwelt by God's Spirit. Any church devoid of the Spirit does not belong to Christ. The Scriptures also teach that the Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance of the heavenly kingdom (Eph 1:14). Can a church without the Holy Spirit, uncertain of salvation, be called the true church of God?

b.          She must be accompanied by signs and miracles.

The presence of signs and miracles in the church testifies that she is commissioned by God. The church set up by God must be accompanied by signs and wonders to confirm the message preached (Mk 16:20; Acts 14:3; Heb 2:4). A church without miracles does not have the confirming witness of God. She might be only a human organization preaching precepts of men instead of a true church.

c.          She must conform to the teachings of the Bible.

The church must be built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus as the corner stone (Eph 2:19–20). Man's preaching must never supersede the teachings of Christ (2 Jn 9–11; 1 Cor 4:6).

Nevertheless, the word of God has suffered atrocious adulteration according to man's own fancies. Baptism by immersion (Mt 3:16; Jn 3:23; Acts 8:38–39) has been substituted with sprinkling and pouring. To many, tongue speaking is forced into the past by a deliberate misinterpretation of the Scriptures. Actual occurrences of tongues are deemed to be gibberish and products of heightened ecstasy. Some are so blindly convicted of their censure that they are emboldened to call it barbaric or even demoniac. The distinct audible (tongue speaking) and visual (bodily vibration) manifestation (Acts 2:33; 10:44–46; 19:6–7) has unfortunately been either ignored or twisted.

It has been a popular belief that one is in-dwelt by the Spirit silently and immediately at conversion. However, in this end time, the deception is strong as tongue speaking is a common phenomenon in many churches—even in the traditional Roman Catholic and Anglican churches! Here, we need to stress that as the Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth (Jn 14:17; 16:13), we must discern whether a church that has the Spirit also teaches according to the truth from the Bible.

Some place tradition and church authority over the word of God by maintaining that they have every right to transfer the solemnity of the Sabbath rest from Saturday to Sunday, which they call “Lord's Day” (Rev 1:10). They even introduced a pagan festival by christening it “Christmas”. They fail to wonder why the Bible should be silent about the birth-date of Christ if it were God's will for us to celebrate Christmas.

In this present age of confusion and falsehood, when false christs and false prophets are prevalent, God has established His true church as a beacon of truth to guide the hitherto misled ones into the true grace of God and to stand fast in it (1 Pet 5:12).


The Lord mentioned “My church” in Mt 16:18. The apostles used the terms “the church of God” (Acts 20:28) and “the churches of Christ” (Rom 16:16; 1 Thess 2:14). Such a prized possession of God has to be stamped with His divine name, i.e. True Jesus Church.

This name not only manifests Jesus’ truthfulness, it also portrays the relationship between God, Christ and the church. The church is the body of Christ and Christ is her head (Eph 1:23; Col 1:18). God is in turn the head of Christ (1 Cor 11:3). Hence, the sequence True Jesus Church.

Moreover, since Jesus is the true vine and we are the branches (Jn 15:1,5), it is not inappropriate for the church that is attached to Christ to be known as the True Jesus Church. Did not John also say, “Yet I am writing you a new commandment, which is true in Him (Jesus) and in you, ...”?

The name of Jesus placed in between “True” (God) and “Church” also signifies the mediatory function of Jesus between God and men (1 Tim 2:5). In addition, it indicates that the church belongs to Christ and Christ to God (1 Cor 3:23).

The truth of this name has been hidden from the wise and understanding and revealed to the innocent (Mt 11:25–26). As such, it has caused many to fall and to rise. It is thus hoped that the faithful would be enlightened and united with us as one flock under one shepherd (Acts 16:15; Eph 4:13; Jn 10:16). Then we will be able to bear much fruit as from the one true vine to glorify God.

              “To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Eph 3:21).

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